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Below is a list of some of the Super NES's most popular games.

Super Mario World Super Mario World

Super Mario World is one of the Super NES's first games and the best-selling game on the system. The star of the game is Mario, the high-jumping plumber who appeared in arcade games and on older Nintendo systems before the Super NES's release. This side-scrolling action game does not showcase the Super NES's technical capabilities to any extreme degree, but the gameplay is generally considered to have a very high fun factor, and the public's appreciation of the game helped induce Nintendo to release many more Mario games on the Super NES and later systems.

F-Zero F-Zero

Another of the first Super NES games, F-Zero is a futuristic racing game featuring hovercraft-like vehicles. It showcases the Super NES's "Mode 7" pseudo-3D capabilities, and runs at an impressive speed for a 16-bit game of its type. Its popularity caused sequels to be made for it on subsequent, more advanced Nintendo consoles.

Donkey Kong Country Donkey Kong Country

This game, which is a Mario-esque action/platform game featuring a gorilla and monkey duo, was a fascinating phenomenon in its time, for it was a 16-bit game which graphically resembled a 32-bit, next-generation game. The sprites were pre-rendered by the developers using 3D software before being converted to 2D form and placed in the game, so the entire game looks 3D, although the action is strictly 2D. Donkey Kong Country has sold very well; it is the second best-selling game on the Super NES. Two sequels to it were later released for the Super NES as well.

Kirby Super Star Kirby Super Star

This side-scroller features a number of short but action-packed subgames with their own stories and unique themes. The main character is Kirby, a round, pink character with the ability to swallow enemies and use their attacks afterward. The game's many fans have spoken highly of the two-player cooperative mode, and while the game is definitely on the easy side, the variety in it makes for great replay value.

Star Fox Star Fox

This "space shooter" game looks very primitive by today's standards, but its use of 3D polygonal structures in-game was exciting and innovative at the time of its release. With the help of a specialized chip embedded in the cartridge (the Super FX chip), the game pushed the limits of game console technology. The game started off a series that continues on Nintendo systems to this day.

Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island

Although this game's title implies that it is a sequel to Super Mario World, it is a prequel and is very different in gameplay and graphics. This time it stars the dinosaur character Yoshi, who was introduced in SMW, and although Mario is an important character, he is an infant in this game. The graphics are highly stylized and resemble crayon drawings, and the game features diverse special effects involving scaling, color, and distortion (one particularly memorable one being the "dizzying" effect of certain floating fuzzballs). The game's design is widely considered to be exquisite, and such was the game's popularity that it was eventually packaged with the SNS-101 model of the Super NES.

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

A Link to the Past is an action-adventure game with a top-down view. Its hero is a sword-bearing, elfin character named Link. The game features large, extensive environments with varied design, multiple secrets, and numerous collectable items. The Zelda game series was to become one of Nintendo's most well-loved series, and A Link to the Past is a favorite of many of the series's fans.

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